I bought a new Springfield M1A (service grade) the day before Obama was inaugurated (btw, my timing was not accidental). My son (most probably) and I can handle a rifle of that size and caliber, but my wife and daughter cannot (they are both petite). We also have an original M-1 carbine that belonged to my late father-in-law. Although the size and caliber would be well suited for my wife and daughter, I'm concerned about the availability of ammo and the .30 carbine being on the weak side. I thought about maybe getting a Ruger Mini-14, but read about the problem of getting spare parts. The AR-15 is more than I can afford right now. I doubt that I'm the first person to be in this scenario, so maybe I can benefit from the experiences of others. Thanks in advance!